Be Wary of Door-to-Door Home Security Sales
The summer months unleash door-to-door sales agents across the country. We’ve received reports of a scam run by con artists claiming to be from home security companies.
While many home security companies conduct legitimate business using door-to-door sales agents, be wary of anyone using high-pressure tactics or creating a false sense of urgency – common traits of a scam!
How It Works:
It may be a scam if an agent comes to your door offering a great promotion on a home alarm system, but you have to act now to get the deal. Or, if you have a home alarm company sign in your yard, the person may say he is a technician from that company and he’s there to install system upgrades. Yet another twist is that the person will say he is from a company that bought out your current home alarm company, and he has to install new equipment..
What You Should Know:
What You Should Do:
If you do sign up for a home alarm system or an upgrade, and then regret it, you have a three day “cooling off” period during which you can cancel your purchase, thanks to a rule by the Federal Trade Commission. It applies if you sign the contract at home or a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business.
When it comes to fraud, vigilance is our number one weapon. You have the power to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams. Please share this alert with friends and family.
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